At Southwind Animal Hospital in Southeast Memphis, our veterinarians offer cold laser therapy as a drug-free, surgery-free option for treating a variety of painful and inflammatory issues in pets.
Non-Invasive Pain Treatment
Cold laser therapy is a pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free treatment that is used to treat a variety of conditions in pets, and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatments.
If your pet has sustained an injury, undergone orthopedic surgery, or suffers from arthritis or other painful conditions, they may be a candidate for cold laser therapy.
Laser therapy can help reduce pain and swelling and speed up the healing process in pets. No negative side effects, no sedation, and no need to shave or clip the treatment area.
How Cold Laser Therapy Works
Cold lasers use focused light to stimulate the tissue at and below the surface of your pet’s skin. The biochemical effect of the light promotes cellular energy and regeneration providing tissue repair, better circulation and pain relief.
Laser therapy is considered both safe and effective across the veterinary industry, and can be effective in treating diseases, injuries and conditions in pets including musculoskeletal injuries, soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains) and arthritis. It is is often recommended in combination with other treatment options to provide the best outcome.
Before treatment begins, your pet will be given a full physical exam, along with x-rays if needed. In a typical treatment session, the laser wand is applied to the area to be treated. It can last as little as 5 minutes, or as long as 20 minutes.
Because cold laser therapy has a cumulative effect, treatments should be done at the frequency recommended by your veterinarian for the best results.
Laser therapy has a variety of benefits for pets including:
- Reduces pain and swelling
- Speeds the healing process
- Enhances circulation
- Decreases nerve sensitivity
- No negative side effects
- No sedation is required
- No need to shave or clip the treatment area